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Republican Gov. Larry Hogan wins a second term in deep-blue Maryland

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan easily won reelection Tuesday.

The governor’s promises to roll back taxes and work with Democrats, coupled with his high approval ratings, lifted him to victory over Democratic challenger and political newcomer Ben Jealous.

According to unofficial returns, Hogan won by double-digits, securing hundreds of thousands more votes than he got in 2014, when turnout was significantly lower across the state.

‘Tonight, in a deep-blue state in this blue year, with a blue wave, it turns out I can surf,’ Hogan, 62, told a boisterous crowd in Annapolis. ‘The people of our great state voted for civility, for bipartisanship and for common-sense leadership.’ …

Hogan remained popular throughout his term, earning goodwill from many Marylanders as he battled cancer in 2015; refusing to engage on the most divisive national issues …

Establishment Democrats were slow to embrace Jealous’s candidacy, and he struggled to raise money and overcome the rapport Hogan had developed with Maryland voters.

Hogan pledged to build on modest tax cuts enacted during his first term, attract new businesses, expand college affordability efforts and keep the state moving in what he, and most voters, believe is a positive direction.”